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  1. Re: UK Luthier to build 4 String Solid Body Electric Mandolin

    That's why I bought a CNC too. I've seen a couple luthiers slow down, and simply retire, because of hand problems. Trying to work smarter now. Looking forward to seeing what you two put together.
  2. Re: UK Luthier to build 4 String Solid Body Electric Mandolin

    I think that you could ask a guitar builder in the UK to build one that is familiar with the design of instrument that you are interested in. You'd just need to provide an awful lot of information...
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    Re: DIY Speed Neck? Advice Needed

    I strip down to bare wood then apply a coat of shellac to seal the pores then rub it out with 0000 steel wool.
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    Re: Stewmac Upgrade kits

    I have people regularly spending $150+ on upgrades, pickup, bridge and pots, for import electrics and they are getting their money out of them when reselling them. The few import acoustics I have...
  5. Re: Lacey Act Example Form -- HOW TO -- shipping to the US

    I never thought of being the importer. I always figured that the seller was the exporter, who filled out the form, and I was the consignee.
  6. Re: If your spouse just green-lighted an electric mando ...

    Shameless self promotion but there will be about 6 instruments, currently on the shop page in the white, posted on the for sale page. Just saying. :)
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    Re: Electromagnetic output from pickups

    I don't expect a mandolin pickup to sound the same as a guitar pickup but that Bovier should have a pretty hot pickup. I had a similar complaint from a customer with his pedal chain. I had wired in...
  8. Re: looking for sources for binding, (non cell)

    Allparts.com
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    Re: 10-20 drum sander abrasive roll tip

    I buy mine from Sandpaper America. They'll make whatever you want and they've always been a fraction of the cost of anywhere else. They will also make the conveyor belt.
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    Re: exploring an idea

    Depends on scale length coming from and going to. The bridge location is pretty fixed but you may be able to move it back a bit to allow for a longer scale and/or shim the neck forward. I have put...
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    Re: Bridge for a solid body mandola

    I'm not trying to promote myself, but there is a reason that bridge is listed on ebay for $6.96. I sell a lot of bridges that are going towards replacing those on mandobirds. Eastwood switched from...
  12. Re: Rio Grande Mock 4 Pickup for Gibson EM200

    Email Pete at Almuse. He'll set you up with a humbucker that will drop right in. He has come up with a design that eliminates the weak E string issue. Keep the original in the event that you sell...
  13. Re: Recently Built J.L. Smith (4-string): Still going strong!

    As always, an excellent instrument. You can't go wrong with one of John's builds.
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    Re: NEMD Eastman Mandostang

    You can easily replace those saddle screws at any guitar store and if you put a little heavier gauge string on it then you can move the saddles forward some. I'd also look at shortening the saddle...
  15. Re: Newbie Builder - Getting started - which books/tutorials

    How and why someone builds anything is a personal thing. I learn more from my mistakes than from anything else, so I've built a lot of crappy instruments, but I've also built some fine ones too. I'm...
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    Re: Do We Really Need Another Pick Thread?

    True, but I have seen people use the search resources you mention, comment on a thread from a couple years back only to get the response, "David, do you not realize that this thread is over four...
  17. Re: Why the price jump/scarcity on Blueridge tenors?

    I'd be curious to hear if Adrian thinks there was 1. much government subsidizing to Chinese instrument manufacturers resulting in establishing a better foothold with lower prices and 2. if the loss...
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    Long vs short scale setup question

    For those that build and/or setup longer scale instruments, do you set the same height at the nut regardless of the scale length? I've been building some octaves and tenors and it seems like I can't...
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    Re: 10 string solid body Octave Mandolin?

    Basically a five string guitar with 1 3/8 inch nut.
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    Re: 10 string solid body Octave Mandolin?

    I'm wrapping up a baritone 5 string for Emando.com. It should be ready to go this weekend. I know that he is going to sell it. I am also working on a five string mandocello and have a four string...
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    Re: Eastman ERM El Rey

    If you put the pre-amp after the blending pot then I could see it working. Otherwise, I think the active signal would overshadow the passive signal and/or could send a signal to the magnetic pickup...
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    Re: Eastman ERM El Rey

    [QUOTE=Dave Greenspoon;1697703]Are you saying have a blend/stereo-out available of the active and piezo pickups? That seems like a huge no-brainer, given the relatively cheap cost and the exponential...
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    Re: Eastman ERM El Rey

    Yes, its a 22 minute process on my CNC. I see a lot, and I do mean a lot, of people be surprised when they get an 8 string emando and discover that it doesn't sound like an acoustic instrument. ...
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    Re: Eastman ERM El Rey

    It is a chambered body. It has a block running down the center. I've used this style of construction for years. Reduces weight but still gives you some support. Notice they don't have a control...
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    Re: Almuse humbucker wiring options?

    Here is what I use. 3 way on/on/on switch gives you singlecoil/humbucker/out of phase.174215
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